Genesis 30

Bilhah Births Dan and Naphtali

(1) When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die."

(2) Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in God’s place, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?"

(3) Then she said, "Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her, and she shall bear a child on my behalf, that I may also have children by her."

(4) So she gave him Bilhah her handmaid as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

(5) And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.

(6) Rachel said, "God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son." Therefore she called his name Dan.

(7) And Bilhah, Rachel’s maid, conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son.

(8) Then Rachel said, "With great struggles I have wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed." She called his name Naphtali.

Zilpah Births Gad and Asher

(9) When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her to Jacob as a wife.

(10) And Zilpah Leah’s maid bore Jacob a son.

(11) And Leah said, "A troop comes," and she called his name Gad.

(12) Zilpah, Leah’s maid, bore Jacob a second son.

(13) And Leah said, "Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed," and she called his name Asher.

(14) In the days of wheat harvest, Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes."

(15) And she said to her, "Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband? And would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?" And Rachel said, "Therefore he shall lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes."

Leah Births Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah

(16) So when Jacob came out of the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, "You must come in to me, for surely I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes." And he lay with her that night.

(17) God listened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son.

(18) Leah said, "God has given me my reward, because I have given my maid to my husband." And she called his name Issachar.

(19) And Leah conceived again, and bore Jacob a sixth son.

(20) Leah said, "God has endowed me with a good dowry, now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons." And she called his name Zebulun.

(21) After that she gave birth to a daughter, and called her name Dinah.

Rachel Births Joseph

(22) God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb.

(23) And she conceived, and gave birth to a son, and said, "God has taken away my reproach."

(24) She called his name Joseph, and said, "The LORD shall add to me another son."

Jacob Prepares to Leave Laban

(25) And it came to pass, when Rachel had given birth to Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place, and to my country.

(26) Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go, for you know my service which I have done for you."

(27) Laban said to him, "Please, if I have found favor in your eyes, stay, for I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake."

(28) He said, "Name your wages, and I will give it."

(29) And he said to him, "You know how I have served you, and how your cattle was with me.

(30) For you had little before I came, and it has now increased abundantly. The LORD has blessed you since my coming, and now when shall I provide for my own house?"

(31) And he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flock.

Jacob Asked For Speckled and Spotted Livestock

(32) I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown lambs among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats. These shall be my wages.

(33) So my righteousness shall answer for me in time to come, when it comes to my wages before you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, if with me they shall be counted stolen."

(34) And Laban said, "Behold, let it be according to your word."

(35) So that day he removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown lambs, and gave them into the hand of his sons.

Jacob Prospers

(36) And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.

(37) Jacob took rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut trees, and peeled white stripes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.

(38) And he set the rods which he had peeled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they might conceive when they came to drink.

(39) The flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted offspring.

(40) Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped, and all the brown in the flock of Laban, and he put his own flocks by themselves, and did not put them with Laban’s flock.

(41) And it came to pass, whenever the stronger of the flock conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.

(42) But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put them in, so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.

(43) So the man increased exceedingly, and had many flocks, maidservants, menservants, camels, and donkeys.

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